The body of a man has been recovered from the River Thames near Limehouse, Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

At around 7.44pm on Tuesday (June 6) specialists officers from the Marine Police Unit recovered a man's body from the water.

The discovery comes after an appeal was launched to find missing French national, Xavier Thomas, who had not been seen since the terrorist attack on London Bridge on Saturday (June 3).

Mr Thomas, 45, was walking with his girlfriend over London Bridge when terrorists drove a hired van into pedestrians at around 10pm.

Accounts from witnesses suggested it was possible that Mr Thomas was struck by the van, which resulted in him being thrown into the river.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, however Mr Thomas’s next of kin have been informed about the development.

Met Police has now confirmed eight have died as a result of the terror attack.

Xavier's girlfriend, who he was on a weekend visit to London with, was seriously injured on the bridge when she was hit by the van.

Following the attack on London Bridge, three terrorists got out of the van and used knives to attack members of the public at bars and restaurants in Borough High Street.

Armed officers killed all three men within eight minutes of receiving a 999 call.

A statement made by Met Police on Tuesday (June 6) said: “Specially trained family liaison officers have been deployed to support the families of all those people that police believe died in the attack.

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“Families continue to be updated on both the Coronial process and the police investigation.

“Formal identification procedures will take place over the coming days, this happens after police have proved to an evidential standard, such as DNA or fingerprints.”

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